Fokker Services develops LPV solution with ASL Airlines France

Fokker Services has developed its first ‘SBAS Landing System’ (SLS) modification.

The company said that, with the solution, operators could conduct approach operations down to ‘Localizer Performance’ (LP) or ‘Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance’ (LPV) minima.

Fokker Services developed the modification in close cooperation with ASL Airlines France for Boeing 737NG aircraft.

“Together with our partner, ASL Airlines France, we are proud to have developed a new SLS solution,” said Fokker Services’ sales manager Ed Bakkum. “With our extensive modification design experience, we have created a system that features an ILS look-a-like interface for crew. This ensures straightforward pilot use and training – a perfect fit for any Boeing 737NG operator.”

ASL Airlines France’s technical pilot Philippe Porte commented: “I am very enthusiastic about the Fokker Services LPV system and its ease of use. The ‘ILS look-a-like’ interface concept is not just a name or a marketing concept, it is a fact. With the Fokker Services LPV system, it is as easy to fly an LPV approach as an ILS approach. This similarity will reduce the crew training costs for the LPV approaches that will become the standard in the coming years.”

Fokker Services noted that as of 25 January, 2024, “all instrumental runway ends within Europe, where appropriate ‘Satellite-based Augmentation System’ (SBAS) coverage is available, must have an LPV-based approach. Aircraft will need an approach type that matches the airports and must therefore have LPV capabilities if flying an LPV approach. Fokker Services’ standalone solution requires no changes to the aircraft’s existing avionics architecture, and offers the same minima as ILS CAT I. If required, the modification can be incorporated during scheduled downtime over a set of installation steps.”

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